Polar Puzzles HD



Penguin puzzler with some pep, but a sense of sameness.

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Ease of play

The game offers plenty of tutorial levels, but can still be rather tricky. The puzzles ramp up in difficulty fairly quickly. If you have trouble with the sliding number puzzles often included in goodie bags at kids' parties, you may find this one difficult. 

Violence & scariness

In a cartoon cinematic, an angry polar bear driving a Zamboni chases the penguins. 

Sexy stuff

A polar bear wears low-riding jeans, showing some butt cleavage. 

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A link on the home page takes you to a page featuring more apps by the developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Polar Puzzles HD is a puzzle/strategy game that's built in the same vein as the popular sliding number puzzle games. As a parent penguin, you need to reach two other penguins (that are hinted to be your children) by sliding across the ice using obstacles, tunnels, and ice holes to your advantage. Despite the "penguin in peril" theme, there's never a sense of real danger, as the focus is on the puzzles. A free lite version of the game is also available, as is an iPhone/iPod touch version. Also, users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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POLAR PUZZLES HD is the latest in a growing string of strategy/puzzle games that are hitting Apple's iDevices in the wake of Angry Birds' success. It's not great, but it's also not bad by any means. The game gives new users a chance to learn the mechanics and offers a wide variety of levels to enjoy (over 75 in the full version -- along with unlockable bonus levels). There are also a few fun twists, like using ice holes to navigate and a seal that helps flip your penguin. But even with those there's a sense of sameness to the game -- and the $2.99 price tag feels a bit high. 

App details

Release date:June 16, 2011
Category:Strategy Games
Size:18.80 MB
Publisher:Blue Frog Gaming
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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